Step 3: Screed the Bedding Layer

screeding the gravel to keep it flat for a new driveway
Photo: William Wright
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Install a concrete or hard-plastic edging to keep the pavers from shifting. Then, starting from one corner, lay two 2-inch-diameter steel pipes about 6 feet apart and parallel on the compacted base. Cover them with ¼-inch stone, then pull a 2x4 screed board over the pipes to create a flat bed for setting the pavers. Lift out the pipes, fill the gaps, and repeat across the remaining area.
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    Tools List

    • backhoe
      Backhoe
    • trenching shovel
      Shovel
    • iron rake
      Rake
    • plate compactor
      Plate compactor (rented)
    • circular saw
      Circular saw with blade for cutting concrete
    • mason's line
      Mason's line
    • garden stakes
      Wood stakes
    • steel pipe (2-inch diameter)
      2-inch-diameter steel pipe
    • 2x4
      8-foot-2x4 for screeding

    Shopping List

    Washed crushed stone ASTM No. 2, No. 57, and No. 8 aggregate

    Permeable pavers

    Concrete or hard-plastic edging to hold pavers in place